Reuters Soccer Blog

Real Madrid great Di Stefano turns 85

July 4, 2011

Looking back 60 years at grainy footage of his playing days, it is hard for us to get a clear sense of how good a player Alfredo Di Stefano, who turned 85 on Monday, really was.

That winnin’ feelin’

July 1, 2011

Lionel Messi says he feels he will one day win the World Cup.

“I more than anyone want to win something with the national team and I’m going to,” Messi told Ole sports daily in an interview published on the opening day of the Copa America.

Who is new Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini?

June 29, 2011

It is the question on the lips of many football fans around the world. Why would the 2010 European champions recruit an unknown as coach?

Spain’s growing appetite for success

June 27, 2011

Spain’s victory in the European Under-21 championship on Saturday provided further evidence that the Iberian nation’s pre-eminence in world soccer may continue for some time yet.

‘Great Captain’ looks to inspire River Plate troops

June 25, 2011

Daniel Passarella, known as the “great captain” as a player, donned his track suit as he went shoulder to shoulder with his River Plate team preparing for the biggest match in the club’s 70 years of professional soccer on Sunday.

Villas Boas ticks all Chelsea boxes except top prize

June 22, 2011

By Shrikesh Laxmidas and Daniel Alvarenga

Unlike his mentor Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas Boas does not have a Champions League title on his resume as he moves to Chelsea but he ticks every other box on the London club’s wishlist.

Do Barca really need to splash out on Cesc?

June 20, 2011

In our latest post on Spanish soccer, Iain Rogers in Madrid looks at the latest round of speculation over the future of Cesc Fabregas and classy Mali striker Frederic Kanoute’s decision to play on at Sevilla for one more season.

Velez Sarsfield’s claim to being Argentina’s sixth big club

June 14, 2011

By Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires

River Plate, Boca Juniors, Independiente, Racing Club and San Lorenzo are Argentina’s Big Five clubs.

Spain’s annual coaches cull

June 13, 2011

In our latest post on Spanish soccer, Mark Elkington in Madrid discusses Spain’s coaching musical chairs, looks at this week’s second-division promotion playoff between Elche and Granada and quotes a succinct summing up of the situation in La Liga given by Levante president Francisco Catalan.

The unbearable lightness of being – or how a thin piece of synthetic cloth can become a lead weight

June 9, 2011

By Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires

Argentines often talk about how heavy a particular football shirt can be, River Plate’s, Boca Juniors’ or Argentina’s.